7 Types of Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a problem suffered by many people around the world and there are differing categories of the condition. Incontinence impacts over 25 million Americans and about 13 million claim that incontinence bothers them and hinders their lifestyle in some way. Dealing with incontinence is a problem but it is something that can be controlled if you know what type of incontinence you have and the products that are out there and can help you manage it.  Watch this video - how to choose the right incontinence product.

There are about 7 types of incontinence, they are as follows:

 1.     Stress Incontinence – this is the most common type of incontinence experienced by men and women of any age. Young women in childbearing years often experience it as their pelvic floor muscles can be dramatically weakened from childbirth. Menopausal women also experience it as their vagina dries up and they see a dramatic decrease in the muscle tone of the vaginal walls. With stress incontinence your bladder is unable to hold in the urine when sudden pressure is placed on it. Laughing, sneezing, and coughing are the most common reasons for having stress incontinence. Using pads and liners will be able to help you manage stress incontinence and to maintain your dignity: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/incontinence-product-finder/.

2.       Urge Incontinence – with this type of incontinence your bladder will give you a frequent and sudden urge to urinate. In most cases you will not make it to the bathroom in time to release the bladder. Urge incontinence is happening from a sensitive and overactive bladder. Having an injury or illness may lead to urge incontinence and could end up causing you to urinate more than 7 times a day. Adult diapers can help you manage it and catch the urine on your way to the restroom. In some cases surgery is needed but dietary changes are also found to be effective in managing urge incontinence.

3.       Overflow Incontinence – dribbling through the day or having frequent urination is known as overflow incontinence. It happens because your bladder does not completely empty and you are unable to control your bladder. It may feel like it is always full and you may find that no matter how many times you use the restroom you always have to urinate. Damaged nerves and weak muscles are to blame for overflow incontinence.

4.       Functional Incontinence – elderly individuals often have this type of incontinence as they have experienced a serious life-altering condition like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Physical limitations are to blame for functional incontinence problems in helping them make it to the bathroom in time.

5.       Mixed Incontinence – with this you will have any of the above two types of incontinence. Urge and stress incontinence are the most common types of incontinence. Women usually experience mixed incontinence and using adult diapers along with dietary changes and exercise may help to reduce the frequency of incontinence.

6.       Temporary Incontinence – some people suffer from incontinence without warning. After surgeries or giving birth to a child often cause a person to deal with incontinence. This is because you have stretched out the pelvic floor muscles and they are not as strong as they used to be.

7.       Anatomic Incontinence – for a number of suffers, incontinence happens due to their anatomic abnormalities. Trauma or damage to the nervous system could end up causing incontinence to suddenly arise.

To manage incontinence you will need to purchase quality products like adult diapers or wipes as they will be able to help you maintain your dignity and enjoy your social life once again. To find the right type of incontinence products visit this link: http://www.caregiverpartnership.com/landing/incontinence/.

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